The average salary for a Pastor is $49,766.
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Job Description for Pastor
A pastor leads a congregation at a Christian church in prayer, song, and general spiritual guidance. In many modern Christian sects, pastoral duties are reserved for men. While the exact requirements for pastors vary depending on their sect, the pastor leads the routine worship services, in which Christians gather in prayer and listen to sermons. A pastor must have strong writing and speaking skills to create and deliver speeches emphasizing the importance of faith in the lives of the congregati…Read more
- Conduct worship ceremonies and give sermons.
- Teach through precept and by example.
- Promote the Church and its mission through spiritual leadership and as-needed consultation.
- Conduct weddings, funerals, and other services.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Pastor
The top respondents for the job title Pastor are from the companies Baptist Church, Christian Church and Bible Church. Reported salaries are highest at Presbyterian Church where the average pay is $62,315. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Church of Christ and Bible Church, earning around $61,042 and $59,937, respectively. Community Church pays the lowest at around $45,273. Baptist Church and Christian Church also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $46,570 and $50,916, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Pastor
Worship Planning and Leading
Skills in Public Speaking, Leadership and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Administration and Worship Planning and Leading.
Pay by Experience Level for Pastor
An entry-level Pastor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $39,811 based on 54 salaries. An early career Pastor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $43,524 based on 592 salaries. A mid-career Pastor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,745 based on 747 salaries. An experienced Pastor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,992 based on 1,298 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $53,065.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Pastor in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 20.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Charlotte, North Carolina (19.7% more) and Dallas, Texas (10.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (0.8% less).
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